Are You into the New Transom Window Trend?

If you’re up to date on the latest home décor trends, you’re likely in the know about transom windows. Transom windows are windows that serve as an accent above a main window or door. They appear in outside walls over doors or windows to provide more light or give more access to an outdoor view like a patio, veranda or garden.

Transom windows are available in many varieties to suit different home styles from traditional to modern, mid-century and more. They’re traditionally known as being fan-shaped, adding contrast over a rectangular window or door, but now you’ll see many rectangular in shape as well. The fun lies in choosing the style and design that will best fit your home.

Transoms are available up to 9’ wide for Gentek’s sliding patio doors, so if you’re remodeling your space, get in on the transom window trend while it’s hot!

Benefits of Transom Windows


Transom windows are mainly used for decorative purposes, allowing you to add dimension and comfort to your space in an appealing way. If you’re looking for a subtle, yet effective way to upgrade your space, transoms are a great way to enhance your home aesthetic. Use them accentuate your patio door and add some interest to the interior and exterior of your home.

Natural Light & Energy Efficiency

Over a patio door, you can get extra natural light shining in through your transoms. Transom windows are almost always placed above your sightline, so there’s no need to cover them or put blinds up like you do on your main windows. This allows natural light to illuminate your home when you aren’t keen on leaving your windows open.

Transom windows are often put in rooms that don’t have too many windows around the door, making it easier to see your space when the interior lights aren’t on. They also allow light to shine in when the sun is higher in the sky. Other windows may stop being useful at this point, but transom windows extend the hours of daylight your home gets.

Letting this extra bit of light into your home will also help save energy since you don’t have to use your interior lights.


Along with being placed above your sightline, you can install transom windows that are capable of opening and closing. Transoms provide security since you can lock your door and still let air in. You can even leave them open to increase airflow when you’re not home, since they’re usually too high and too small to climb into.


If you love the feeling of a nice breeze, but don’t love the idea of keeping your patio door open, transoms are a great alternative. If you install transoms that open and close, you can increase airflow into your home and around a room that doesn’t have enough ventilation.

Are you into the new transom window trend? What aspects do you love most about transom windows, and why?

5 Things to Consider Before You Change Your Windows

Replacing your windows can be a big investment, but one that’s sure to pay off. Not only will they elevate the design of your home, replacement windows also offer energy efficiency, timeless style and easy upkeep. But before you change your windows, keep these 5 things in mind to make sure your replacement windows will last you for years to come and increase the value of your home.

1. Quality Comes First

When it comes to replacing your windows, bargain hunting shouldn’t be your go-to solution. Sometimes homeowners will go out and look for the quickest and cheapest solutions if they need to replace their windows, but cutting corners can reduce your home’s value and decrease the time between window replacements. Before you change your windows, make sure you invest in quality replacements that will last at least a quarter of a century.

2. The Importance of Aesthetics

Beautiful windows are one of the best ways to enhance the aesthetics of your home. Windows like Gentek’s Amherst windows boast a timeless design that will maintain their appearance year after year. Whether you’re looking for double hung windows, sliders, casement and awning windows, or picture and fixed life windows, we’ve got you covered with both aesthetics and performance.

Well-designed windows will also add significant value to your home if you think you’ll eventually put your house up for sale. New homeowners will pay more if windows have been replaced, especially if they enhance the design of the house.

3. Low Maintenance is Key

If you’re like most people, you want your windows to be as low maintenance as possible. It’s important your windows aren’t prone to rot, swelling, corroding or pitting, and that they won’t chip, peel or crack. Vinyl windows such as Gentek’s Regency windows and 70 and 80 Series windows are affordable and durable, with little maintenance needed to keep them in tip top shape.

4. Energy Efficiency

If you’re going to replace your windows, you might as well make them as energy efficient as possible. Thermal efficiency will help create more comfort in your home, as well as save you money on heating and cooling bills, and help the environment. All Gentek’s windows are energy efficient, constructed with quality, insulated glass to block the transfer of heat and cold.

5. Options for Your Budget

If you want to increase the performance of your windows, but don’t have a lot of money to spend, check out Gentek’s aluminum storm windows, manufactured by York Aluminum. Storm windows add an extra layer of glass, providing more thermal insulation. The storm windows from Gentek also come with a sashed screen and can be designed to match almost any window design!

Are you thinking about changing your windows? Consider these 5 things before investing in your new windows!

3 Spring Landscaping Ideas for People Who Hate Gardening

Spring is almost here and it’s time to start thinking about bringing your yard to life. Landscaping can be a daunting task, but you don’t have to go all out to up your curb appeal. If your dream yard consists of more than just healthy green grass, use these easy spring landscaping ideas to enhance your yard without the fuss.

The main goal is to spend less time working on your yard and more time relaxing in it. Even if you hate gardening, there are still ways to elevate your yard in a low-maintenance way. Add simple landscaping that compliments your exterior and makes heads turn.

Here are 3 spring landscaping ideas for people who can’t stand gardening.

1. Use Mulch to Add Colour

If you want to add colour to your yard, but don’t want to plant flowers, mulch is an excellent option. It’s one of the simplest ways to add colour, texture and contrast against a green lawn and is easy to put down and spread wherever you see fit. It’s low maintenance since you don’t have to mow or water it, and you only need to replace it come spring.

Mulch comes in an array of colours, from coffee bean, to cedar-toned, red, black, and gold. Choose the one that fits your home best and watch as it enriches your landscape. Plus, it will fertilize your plants if you choose to grow any, and it prevents weeds. Keep in mind, you should keep it away from wood and siding since it can rot wood and attract insects. Or, if you choose to put it up against siding, make sure you have a siding such as Gentek’s Sagiper siding that is impenetrable to insects.

2. Plant a Tree

Planting a tree is one of the simplest landscaping tasks there is and it will keep your yard looking lush for years to come. Once you’ve planted your tree, the upkeep is very minimal and it’s a great way to add dimension to your home exterior.

There are plenty of trees to choose from; the key is picking a tree that adds interest to your landscape with colour, shape and texture. Try a Kwanzan flowering cherry tree, red leaf Japanese maple, or a crape myrtle to check off all three.

3. Add Potted Plants

Potted plants add versatility to your yard without the hassle of gardening. They make your landscaping much more low maintenance, and are an easy way to add pops of colour to your outdoor space.

Choose pots in different sizes and colours to compliment your home exterior. You can move them around depending on what you have going on in your yard. Throwing an outdoor soirée? Move your plants to the patio so your guests can enjoy. If you want easy landscaping and aren’t fond of gardening, use these 3 spring landscape ideas to add dimension and versatility to your home!

Coming Soon: HGTV’s HOME to WIN!

HGTV’s Home to Win is back for season 3, and this time, Gentek has joined the roster of amazing sponsors to help transform a shabby countryside cabin into a modern family home. Along with brands like Leon’s, the official furnisher of Home To Win, and Benjamin Moore, the official paint provider, Gentek is the official window and door supplier, bringing natural light into the entire renovated space.

About Home to Win

Home to Win is returning to HGTV Canada for its third season on Sunday April 29 at 10 PM ET/PT, with weekly repeat airings on Global starting May 5th. The show features Canada’s top builders and designers using their creativity and expertise to transform a shabby property into a modern home. This year, the competition gives first-time homebuyers the exclusive opportunity to apply to win their first home at

Designers include the talented and crafty Tiffany Pratt, who will be teaming up with Leon’s to create custom vignettes that will air in the series, and lovable Kourtney Wilson, who partners with Benjamin Moore to create custom vignettes and co-branded DIY paint videos. Host of Home to Win, Sangita Patel will demonstrate the home security and automation service with ADT.

Other noteworthy sponsors include Tempur-Pedic as the official mattress provider, Hunter Douglas contributing the window dressings, and ROCKWOOL to ensure the proper insulation of the newly renovated home. Joining Gentek as new season 3 sponsors are Caesarstone, which will supply premium quartz countertops and tiles; STIHL, which provides construction power equipment; and RINOX as the official masonry and stone supplier.

Home to Win is currently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and is ranked as the #1 program on HGTV Canada across multiple demographics.

About Gentek

Gentek offers an extensive product line featuring windows, doors, siding and accessories to help you create a stunning home exterior. Backed by over 50 years of manufacturing expertise, Gentek products combine outstanding beauty and strength with low-maintenance finish.

Gentek windows heighten the style and comfort of your home and are performance-engineered for beauty, durability and energy efficiency. Gentek also carries a line of entry doors, garden doors and storm doors to fit your home’s needs. Not to mention their First Impressions’ custom-made doors. All in all, Gentek is the perfect fit for the Home to Win renovations!

Will you be watching Home to Win on HGTV Canada? We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Clean Your Windows like a Pro!

Window washing isn’t a task many people look forward to. Even though it typically only needs to be done twice per year, cleaning your windows can be seen as a major chore. Clean windows are a key factor in elevating your living space. Window washing can completely transform your space in ways you may not imagine. So if you’ve been holding off giving your windows a good washing, it’s time to get cleaning.

If you’re going to wash your windows, it’s important to do it properly and efficiently. Many homeowners opt for using spray cleaner and paper towel to clean their windows, but with this method you’re basically just moving dirt around from one place to another. If you’re sick and tired of cleaning your windows just to see them look dirty again when you’re finished, you need to start cleaning your windows like a pro.

And if you’re looking to upgrade your home windows to elevate your space even more, make sure to check out Gentek’s gorgeous selection of windows.

Here are 4 key steps to clean your windows like a pro.

Step 1: Knock Dirt Loose with a Strip Applicator or Sponge

Create your own window cleaning solution with a bucket of warm water and a squirt of dishwashing liquid. You’ll want as little suds as possible, so don’t go crazy with the dishwashing liquid. If you have picture windows (single pane), take a strip applicator and scrub the window thoroughly, removing stubborn dirt and stains. If you have multi-pane windows, use a handheld natural sponge.

Step 2: Use Squeegee to Wipe Clean

Take a squeegee to the soapy window to remove the cleaning solution. For picture windows, start at the top left corner and snake your way down the window making sure to go right to the edges. For multi-pane windows, move the squeegee from left to right, then top to bottom on each pane. Periodically wipe the squeegee’s blade using a clean, lint-free rag to remove any residue.

Step 3: Wipe the Edges with a Micro-Fibre Cloth

There will almost always be remaining water on the edges of the glass. Use a dry micro-fibre cloth to get rid of water marks on the window. Then use a towel to wipe up any water on the windowsill or floor. It’s important to dry the windowsill and window frame to prevent erosion and paint removal.

Step 4: Remove Hard Spots on Windows

Stubborn mineral stains can build up on your windows due to hard-water runoff from masonry or rain falling through metal window screens. A regular cleaning won’t be able to remove these spots, so you need to go one step further. After cleaning the windows, use a hard surface cleanser that contains oxalic acid. Mix the powder into a paste on a wet towel and rub away the stains. Then rinse and squeegee the glass to remove residue.

If you’re at a loss when it comes to cleaning your windows, use these 4 steps to get your windows looking squeaky clean!

Landscaping to Increase Your Home’s Value

Never underestimate the power of landscaping for your home. Whether you plan to stay in your home for years to come, or are looking to sell and want top value for your house, investing in landscaping can make a world of a difference. Many home owners spend so much time on interior projects, that they forget to give their front and backyards the time of day. But if you want your home’s value to increase, you should give some TLC to landscaping.

From putting in a stunning deck to adding colour to lift your yard, here’s how to use landscaping to increase your home’s value.

1. Determine Your Yard’s Value

First and foremost, it’s important to figure out what your yard means to you. Is it a space where you’ll entertain large parties? Do you want your kids to spend their down time out there when the weather is nice? Are you going to have family dinners on the deck in the summer? Will you spend time in your front yard? Will you spend weekends outside in the back? Determine how you’ll use the space so you can shape your landscaping around your lifestyle.

2. A Stunning Deck

A gorgeous deck can elevate your yard, adding character to your outdoor space. To ensure your deck is as low-maintenance as possible, use Sagiper exterior panels for durability and longevity. With multiple wood grains to choose form, not only will your deck look beautiful, it will also be highly resistant to UV rays, water absorption and humidity. If you have a pool, you can also use Sagiper panels for your pool deck.

3. Maintenance Check

There’s no point having beautiful landscaping if you don’t maintain it. Whatever level of landscape you have, whether it’s a huge lawn with big, luscious gardens, or a few plants around your deck, you need to maintain it and keep it up! If you haven’t implemented landscaping yet, determine how much time you’re willing to give when it comes to maintaining your yard.

4. Add Colour

A lot of people think green, green, green when it comes to landscaping, but it’s important to add colour as well. You can do this with pretty flowers, as well as planters and pots on your deck or in your garden area. Colour will brighten up your yard and make your outdoor space more inviting.

5. Proper Lighting

Outdoor lighting ensures you can enjoy your outdoor space when the sun goes down. This is especially key if you love to entertain and host people until late at night. And if you have kids, you can send them outside when they have friends over, so they don’t interrupt your nighttime regime.

If you’re planning to upgrade your landscaping to increase your home’s value, use these 5 tips to elevate your yard!

How to Pick the Perfect Front Door

Not only does your front door add to the curb appeal of your home, it also contributes to air leakage, energy conservation and insulation. That’s why finding the perfect front door is incredibly important. You don’t want your door to be the reason for your high heating or cooling costs, and it’s important it’s as energy efficient as possible, while giving you the look you want.

Here are 5 tips for choosing the perfect front door for your home.

1. Out with the Old, In with the New

If you have old exterior doors, you could be facing fit and insulation problems. If that’s the case, it’s time to invest in a new door that will suit your home better. If your current door has poor insulation, replacing it can result in lower heating and cooling costs, so it’s one of the best home investments you can make.

2. Go Custom

Today’s world is all about customization, especially when it comes to the home. If you want to elevate your home exterior, custom-made doors are the way to go. Gentek’s First Impresions’ doors are measured precisely to your door openings, so energy efficiency and appearance are never compromised. Plus, they’re easy to upkeep and are virtually maintenance free.

3. Energy Efficiency

Your front door should be as energy efficient as possible. Gentek doors are known for their energy efficiency and durability, elevating the quality and comfort of your home. Energy efficient doors will help lower your energy bill and save you money, plus they help the environment, reducing the consumption of fossil fuels used for heating and cooling.

4. Hone Your Style

Different doors work for different home exteriors and different personal styles. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can choose a door that will make your vision come to life. Elegance and strength come first for Gentek’s door designs, so you can rest assured you’re getting top quality, whatever your style may be. Choose from decorative glass, wrought iron, classic doors, and solid doors to create an exterior look you love.

5. Don’t Forget About the Weather

When choosing a front door, you should consider how much and what type of weather it will be exposed to. You want your door to be durable and long-lasting so you don’t have to replace it anytime soon. Steel doors heat up easily so aren’t the best idea if your home is exposed to lots of sunlight, while fiberglass is extremely tough and virtually maintenance free.

Whether you’re planning for a new build or are replacing your current front door, these are tips to keep in mind to get the most bang for your buck!  

Furniture Placement & Windows: Striking a Balance

Interior decorating doesn’t come easy to everyone. It can be difficult to know exactly where to place furniture to make a room look just right. You want to strike the right balance with furniture placement, windows and decor, making the room like spacious, yet well-rounded.

The windows you have in your home will influence how you place your furniture. If you’re remodeling or have a certain look in mind for a new-build, choose windows that will compliment your interior style. Depending on your space, perhaps you want double hung windows for a classic look, or custom-built bay and bow windows for ultimate refinement.

Whatever windows you choose, here are 5 ways to strike a balance between furniture placement and windows.

1. Keep Balance Front of Mind

Always keep balance in mind when you’re arranging furniture. You’ll rarely see a room with a sofa on one side and nothing to balance it out on the other. But that doesn’t mean your space needs to be perfectly symmetrical. Whether you place two arm chairs on the opposite side to balance out the weight of the sofa, or opt for a sectional sofa that can adapt to your living space, make sure your furniture is distributed evenly to create balance and flow.

2. Don’t Place Furniture Up Against Windows / Walls

If you think pushing your furniture up against your windows/walls will make your room look bigger, think again! This set up makes your space look more cramped, failing to give your furniture any breathing room. You also don’t want to block your windows with furniture, so make sure you pull your sofas away from the windows and walls.

3. Create a Focal Point

Every room should have a focal point. It’s a great way to create balance and will help you choose where to place your furniture. A window is often a great focal point since it lets in natural light. Especially if you have a great view, your window has the ability to really catch the eye. Just make sure not to overdo it with more than one focal point in each room. This can become visually confusing and will throw off the balance of the space.

4. Find a Low-Back Sofa

Like we mentioned above, you never want to block a window with furniture, but that doesn’t mean you can’t place a sofa in front of a window. As long as the back of the sofa is relatively low, and you leave a gap between the window and sofa for breathing room, it can make your space look incredible.

5. Plan Ahead

There’s nothing more beneficial than planning out your space ahead of time. This will ensure you strike a balance between your windows and furniture placement, and confirm if your design will work out the way you envision it. There are lots of online floor planners you can use, or you can go old school and use graph paper to sketch out your plan. Either way, it will make interior decorating much easier on you.

If you’re looking to remodel or rearrange your space, use these tips to strike a balance in your favourite rooms!

The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Humidity in Your Home

It’s never a good sign when humidity starts taking over your home. From condensation on the windows, to mouldy spots, musty odors and water stains, humidity can wreak havoc if you’re not careful. The best way to ensure humidity doesn’t damage your home is having a strong foundation, but there are also some easy changes you can make to banish humidity inside.

Here are the top 10 ways to reduce humidity in your home.

1. Resistant Siding

Investing in siding that’s resistant to water damage and humidity is one of the best steps you can take to protect your home. Quality vinyl siding like Gentek’s selection should hold up no matter the climate, and Sagiper siding is known to excel in high humidity areas. Make sure your home is equipped with the best products to save you hassle in the long run.

2. Storm Windows

Although storm windows themselves can sometimes have condensation, they reduce condensation on the interior windows. By adding a storm window, you protect your home by adding another layer of glass and increasing thermal insulation. Check out more benefits of storm windows on Gentek’s site here.

3. Ventilate

Make sure you have exhaust fans in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry rooms and check that they vent to the outside. If you don’t have exhaust fans, open a window to dry out the air. Ceiling fans and box fans also help to increase ventilation.

4. Invest in a Dehumidifier

If you want to rid your home of humidity, a dehumidifier will reduce humidity levels and odours, reduce irritation to your skin and respiratory system, and lower energy costs by helping your air conditioner run more efficiently.

5. Place House Plants Outside or in One Room

Plants release moisture into the air, so if you’re a plant fanatic this could be the reason for the humidity in your home. Concentrate your plants in one room, or keep them outside for a while until the humidity goes away.

6. Take Colder, Shorter Showers

When you take long, hot showers you increase the moisture in the air. Switch to cold, shorter showers to reduce humidity.

7. Be Mindful of Your Home’s Temperature

The relative humidity in your home will decrease if you raise the indoor temperature, so it’s beneficial to set your heat a few notches higher. Also note that if the temperature difference is too big between indoor and outdoor, humidity will increase inside.

8. Check Your Gutters

Don’t forget to check your gutters. Ensure your gutters are clean so water can leave your home efficiently.

9. Use a Slow Cooker

While stove-top cooking produces a lot of moisture, slow cookers result in less humidity in the air. If it’s not possible to use a slow cooker, make sure to turn on exhaust fans, but think about investing in a slow cooker as soon as you can.

10. Run Washers When Full

If your dish washer or clothing washer isn’t full, refrain from running a load. This will help decrease unnecessary humidity and will also reduce water waste.

If your home is showing signs of humidity, use these tips to clear the air.

2018 Home Exterior Trends You Should Know

The exterior look of your home is just as important as the interior design. You want to make sure your exterior looks welcoming, has beautiful curb appeal and makes a great first impression. Keeping up with home exterior trends ensures your home’s continued value and guarantees you’re prepared if it suddenly comes time to sell.

The new year is always a good time to make changes and renovate your exterior to create the home you’ve always dreamed of. This year calls for personality and customization, while keeping practicality and durability in mind. From blending textures to colour trends, natural finishes and large, gorgeous windows, here are the five 2018 home trends you should know.

1. Go Bold with Colour

Bold and dynamic is the way to go in 2018. Think: contrasting, yet complimentary colours such as a white trim like Gentek’s Ice White, a navy blue siding like Gentek’s Old World Blue, and red door in a shade like Burgundy. Make your exterior unique, so it stands out to friends and passersby. Create a mixture of similar light and dark shades and choose an accent colour to make your home pop.

2. Durable, Sustainable Siding

The siding you use on the exterior of your home should be stylish, durable and low-maintenance. Fiber cement siding checks all the boxes, and comes in an array of colours and textures so you can get the look you want. It’s sleek, strong and non-combustible, and will elevate the exterior of any home.

3. Blending Textures

While texture has been a big trend in the interior design world, it’s now extending to the exterior as well. Use contrasting textures to create a dynamic look for your home. You can blend siding of different widths, or use different styles of the same siding to enhance the textured look.

4. Natural Finishes

An authentic, natural approach to building materials is making big waves in 2018, so you can get the natural look without heavy paint and eco-unfriendly materials. Gentek’s Sagiper siding offers the look of real wood, while being highly durable, and resistant to UV rays, water absorption and humidity.

The Dizal siding also provides the look of real wood, using state of the art high-definition inkjet printer to create photographic reproductions of textures and colour variations onto a heavy-duty aluminum panel. While real wood is hard to maintain, these options can give you the look you want with materials that are extremely low maintenance.

5. Large Windows

Large windows look beautiful and let tons of natural light in, which enhances both the interior and exterior of your home. Your living and dining areas should have lots of natural light, and big windows are key to making this happen. Whether you want vinyl windows or aluminum windows, check out Gentek’s selection to find large windows that will compliment your home and give you an exterior look you love.

If you’re looking to upgrade your exterior in 2018, try these 5 tips to elevate your home from the outside in.